Life is hectic. Like all over the place, can’t get control of time, sleeping isn’t happenin’ kind of hectic. And I love it. I thought now would be a good time to announce some big stuff happening in my world.

About a week ago, I started a Real Estate Course. By the end of August, I will have my real estate license and will be selling real estate part time. For those of you who know me well, you probably see this as a logical step. I’ve been watching HGTV since I was in high school and I’ve been entertaining the idea of real estate for about as long. It’s a big commitment, but in the long term, Nathan and I would like to flip houses, so we feel like this is a step in the right direction. (For evidence of our flipping capabilities, one only needs to look at our current home, which is one bathroom away and possibly a closet organization system from being complete.)

Aside from Real Estate, my co-facilitator and I have been meeting a couple of times a week to get ready for the new school year. This will be my fifth year teaching, and it will be the first time for me to teach the same content twice. We’re really excited about the way the year is shaping up, and we’re hoping that it means we can spend more time giving feedback  and less time grading, more time providing examples and time, and less time trying to figure out what we’re doing all the time. Teaching is hard, I’ve said it before and I probably won’t ever stop preaching that, but I’m hoping that this year is a little bit easier.

For now, writing has taken a bit of a back seat. I’m journaling and thinking constantly about my characters, Linnea and Bryony, but I realized that with all of the excess floating around in my brain, I needed some space from them. I’m about 32,000 words in and my writing partner has it all. I’m at the point where I think I need more development on the front end to make the ending work, so I’m hoping that Ashley will be able to help me with that.

While writing has been a little slow, the garden has been going crazy. I’m to the tomatoes galore phase. Yesterday, Nathan and I spread mulch in the garden path and it looks so beautiful. I’m absolutely certain that there are fairies hanging out there all the time when we aren’t looking, that’s just how beautiful it is. I have to say getting my hands dirty and growing my own veggies is pretty much the best thing in the world.

I’m still reading, though if I don’t pick up the pace there is no way I’m going to meet my GoodReads Challenge goal of 52 books. I’m not quite halfway through and the year is over half way gone. I’m going to keep plugging along and see what happens. I just finished The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler. It was brilliant. I loved every minute of it. It was a love story, but not sappy. It was beautifully written and there were sentences and paragraphs that I lingered over. I also finished The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer. I don’t know if it is because I’ve read a ton of middle grade literature or what, but the story seemed so forced. I really enjoyed the first three and have been patiently waiting for this one, but sadly, it fell a little flat.

Today I’m starting The Beach House by Jane Green who writes women’s fiction, lives in a creaky cottage, loves to cook, and decorates like I do. I think she may be my spirit animal. This is my first Jane Green novel, so expect a full review later this week!

This was a long post, but I feel like I haven’t blogged in ages. I promise to keep you all up to date. This week I’ll be in Chicago learning all about PBL and presenting on the art of coteaching. I’m not so excited about the drive, but I’m really excited about going to Chicago for the first time!

Happy writing, reading, gardening, learning, teaching. You know, all the things you do.

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